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Elections and the budget 2018-19

The National Assembly has passed the delimitation of constituencies' bill with 242 votes in favour and one against paving the way for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to complete…

Political circus

n early November a handful of states, among them Virginia and New Jersey, conducted elections for governor and other key positions. Both these states had been reliably in the hands…

Global governance

LIKE our national ‘establishment’ which constitutes a selected group of politicians, military-civil bureaucrats, judges of superior courts, business magnates, and media persons; an international development policy establishment also exists. The…

Economy: a new strategy

Is the persistently high rate of inflation, particularly the Sensitive Price Index (SPI) which constitutes 51 essential items and therefore relates to the poor and the vulnerable more than the…

The ‘bailout’ bill

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) amendment bill was approved by the cabinet on 9 March 2021 after less than a 10-minute debate. Subsequent reports circulating in the media indicate…

Dysfunctional democracy

Last week, after much back and forth, the US Congress passed a resolution to increase the government’s borrowing limit so it could continue to operate. Republicans in the Senate had…

Unplanned migration

My parents, like millions of others, opted to migrate to Pakistan leaving their entire belongings behind. What they could not leave though were the cherished memories connected to childhood friends,…

Mercurial meanderings

Freedom of expression is the most discussed, most fought about, yet the least understood of all individual rights. Difference of opinion is inherent in this freedom – which is why…

India’s nuclear recklessness – Part I

Within one month two stories of illegal possession and sale of uranium being caught by Indian police have surfaced. Of course, any attempt to smuggle radioactive material must be a…